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Brokers and tours: selling urban poverty and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean

Dürr, E., Jaffe, R. and Jones, Gareth A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9844-4547 (2019) Brokers and tours: selling urban poverty and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Space and Culture, 23 (1). pp. 4-14. ISSN 1206-3312

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1206331219865684


This article explores how so-called “slum” tourism commodifies poverty and violence, transforming urban deprivation into a tourism product. In particular, we pay ethnographic attention to the role of brokers who mediate encounters between residents and tourists. The article explores how brokers—tour guides, art curators and civil society organizations—work to mediate power structures and enact a specific representational-performative politics. In so doing, brokers play a key role in aestheticizing and performing poverty and violence and converting disadvantaged spaces into a tourist product. We argue that brokers are vital to the reproduction of existing inequalities and to the formation of new social relationships and subjectivities.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 10:15
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2024 16:24

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